Thursday, July 28, 2016

If the Heat Doesn't Get You...

The trees will try.   This is where we usually park to have lunch, there is a nice bit of shade and a clean set of benches.  This morning we were chatting with an acquaintance and I heard this woosh as his eyes widened.  Half the tree just slowly slid down.  We all thought it was just a branch until we drove by and saw that it would have crushed a car.  There is a huge limb buried in that foliage, the whole thing is the size of a small tree by itself.

As soon as the heat is over and we hit next month's budget, I hope to get new tires and construct an off/on awning for the tailgate.  I have found some for $130 to $300 ready made and thought, what the heck, some PVC, elbows and a tarp for less than forty would do it.  Two tarps and some upholstery zippers and we would have a tent extension for real camping.  It would really help when I am trying to deal with all the small pieces and not having to chase them all over the park.  

Walking a cat on a leash is not like walking a dog.  Cats like to think about things.  Tama will walk to where he wants to be, then lay down and 'observe' for like an hour.  He has finally made up his mind that damp grass in the shade is actually preferable to hot truck with a battery powered fan.  But he has this trick of trying to slither off in the moderately tall grass.  In his mind, if he is low enough, no one will see him, I suppose.  Either that or he is playing lion on the savanna.  He still has issues with the big blue thing, but he is okay under tree branches.  He has absolutely no fear of dogs.  He is like, 'enh, dog, big deal'.  This discombobulates the dogs, who just tip their heads and whine before being hauled off by their owners.   When some boob head has a dog off leash, Tama goes back in the truck.  
Can not wait for Summer to be over with it.  

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Still Alive, Just a Bit Roasted

We are just coming out of another hellish heat wave and another fire burst out here in So Cal, so it's been pretty much hit the parks, find shade and enjoy the breezes on the days when there were some.  Breezes and outright wind are not helpful to hand sewing by any means.  Having given up on shuttle tatting, I have been TRYING to needle tatt, but the wind always comes up just in time to mess up my progress!

We are now thinking Tennessee.  We have sensibly ruled out Nevada.  The heat changed our minds real fast.

Being thrown off, more later. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Library Computers Not So Convenient: Dirndle Progress

Okay, sanity restored.  After fighting with the Library computer for an hour yesterday I thought, DUH!  Power Point!   It was driving me mad because let's face it, the doll business runs on photos, and I am not a very good photographer.  I have no aptitude for the fiddly bits of photography.

After months and having been in the back of the truck, in some pretty horrendous heat,
not only has she not changed color, but her craft foam padded joints still work!  I made
her a little finger brace with some tin from a (gasp!) pecan pie plate. >.>;; 
It could all do with an iron but yeah, too lazy to heat up the sauce pot and iron it.
That trick I learned ages ago when I had a job interview and the iron died.  I
grabbed a frying pan with a smooth bottom and ironed my skirt!  Nailed the job.
So what she needs now is the traditional necklace, some socks (burried in storage) a shawl, and the little black hat with the flowers on it.  I have some thoughts on tatting rather than crocheting a shawl, it's one of the things I have been trying to learn, but the shuttle I have is too big for my fingers to deal with or something.  I am going to try needle tatting instead, because I have the long needles from soft toy making.

Hubby has to take a lot of credit for this, since he is the one learning to do the designs on the computer program to put in the machine.  Here is the background work again for this thing.  All I had to do was learn to precisely line up the pattern and change thread or back up and re-thread when the thread broke for what ever reason.  So yeah, once we get a laptop again, and hopefully the program works in what ever system, or we can get a partitioned hard drive with windows 8 still, we will be able to continue to work on his learning to do the designs.  I seriously hope the program works still because it is an amazing program and people put a lot of work into it, just to be side lined by MicroSoft.  

So for now, Arita is in the storage unit in a plastic case.  We are slowly getting the last of the work done on the truck to bring it up to the "okay we can trust it to go longer distances shape" and then will be able to invest in some way of running the business again.  We are both healthier now, getting out and away from what ever the heck was making us so miserable in that apartment.  Tama has gotten to the point where he will go for short trots on his leash, but he is still only at ease at night, when that big scary open thing is not up there.  I would like to get him up to a jog.  

At some point, when it cools down out here, and things stop bursting into flames, I need to get the storage unit organized better.  Every time I open the door, it's like OMG do we really have all this stuff? O_o